Race and society

Empathy begins with awareness, knowledge, and understanding. Our librarians selected these resources to illuminate the history of racism in America so we can work toward understanding and equity.

Still We Rise! Juneteeth Celebration

Join BASE Southern Oregon for a Juneteenth celebration in Medford to enrich the community, educate, support Black Businesses and celebrate freedom.

Pear Blossom Park: 312 E 4th St, Medford, OR
11 am- 5 pm


Enjoy these podcasts on topics like Native American history and the lives of Asian Americans.

Asian America's Stories

Follow Asian Americans taking action during the pandemic — to support their communities, fight racism, and contribute to a pivotal moment in history.

Anti-Asian Violence during COVID-19

In this episode of The Takeaway, learn about how attacks against the Asian American and Pacific Islander population are on the rise across America.

Black History Year

Black History Year connects listeners to the history, thinkers, and activists that are often left out of mainstream conversations.

Visit Cherokee Nation

The Visit Cherokee Nation podcast is dedicated to telling the story of the rich history and culture of Cherokee people.


View these movies and documentaries to explore various histories and social issues.

Asian Pacific America

The Smithsonian and Native filmmaker Conrad Lihilihi present a docuseries examining the 1896 Hawaiian Language Ban from public education and the history of Hawai'i.

History: Zoot Suit Riots

Learn about the Brasero Program during WW2, the history of Mexican Americans in the mid 1900's, and the Zoot Suit Riots.

Native American Land

Return of Indian Island recounts when settlers took the Wiyot tribe's land in Northern California by force and its eventual return. Scroll down on the linked page to watch.

Oregon's Japanese Americans

Oregon Public Broadcasting bring us the history of how Pearl Harbor changed everything for the Japanese living in Oregon and the West Coast.


Read sourced and cited articles and webpages about the Holocaust, gentrification, and more.


This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention article focuses on the health effects of gentrification.

The Holocaust

Through the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum learn about the Holocaust, remember survivors and victims, and confront genocide.


Islamophobia: Understanding Anti-Muslim Sentiment in the West offers Gallup polls and reporting about the rise of anti-Muslim feelings.

The Scapegoating of Asian Americans

The Harvard Gazette brings us an article about the rise of violence and harassment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Asian-American resources, guidance, and more

Find resources that have been gathered to help individuals educate others, take action, donate, and more.
Center for Asian Pacific American Women
The Center nurtures Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities by expanding leadership, fostering awareness, and more.
NBC News resources
Find resources to support Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
NPR: Codeswitch
Learn how to start a conversation about anti-Asian racism with family.

Local resource for communities of color

BASE provides events, community information-sharing, connection, support, and resources that work towards the well-being and advancement of Black people in Southern Oregon.
Black Southern Oregon Alliance brings people together to enhance educational and economic opportunities for all Black/African Americans and People of Color.
The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) addresses the socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism and inequity of services experienced by our communities.

OLA Statement Against Anti-Asian Violence

The Oregon Library Association condemns anti-Asian hate crimes and strongly supports the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Statement Against Anti-Asian Violence.

Parent resources

There’s no question: talking about race can be sensitive.

Racial stereotypes and bias begin at a shockingly young age. It can happen without parental input, just by the racial stereotypes so prevalent in society. As early as six months, a baby’s brain can notice race-based differences, and can internalize racial bias by ages two to four.

If you’re curious about how to have this conversation, here are some resources to get started.
Kojo For Kids: Racism and Protests
Listen to Kojo for kids
Never Too Young: Ages and Stages of Racial Understanding
Learn more
NPR: Talking Race with Young Children
Listen to NPR